Arriving: Friday afternoon
Departing: Monday morning
Take a domestic flight to Akureyri from the airport in Reykjavik. Visit the small town centre, Listagilið, the arts district, the Akureyri church and the listagarðurinn botanical garden, where you can admire hundreds of plants and flowers. A little dip in the town’s swimming pool (a delight!) is essential. In the evening time, try out one of the restaurants or cosy cafes the town has to offer.
The next day, rent a car and drive east to Mývatn. Half way, stop to admire the magnificent waterfall, Godafoss, then continue to Skútustaðir, which will be your first stop in the lake area where you can admire the pseudo-craters. Take some time to enjoy the green paradise of Höfði, there are paths around the peninsula and from the furthest point of Höfði you will see the most beautiful lava pillars in Mývatn – the lava pillars of Kálfastrandavogar.
Dimmuborgir is the next stop, and probably one of the most impressive attractions; The volcanic formations have been transformed into sculptures and you can walk through this lava field which is more than 2300 years old. A few kilometres north you will discover the crater Hverfjall or Hverfell, where a path will lead you to the top of the crater; The view is impregnable. You can enjoy a swim in the lagoon at Jardbodin. Eat and spend the night in the area.
Get ready to go to the bubbling site Hverir Namafjall Krafla. From there, take a detour and head east to the intersection that will take you to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Go back and follow the western shore of the lake; if you like take a hike up the 529 metres high Vindbelgjarfjall mountain. If you are interested, check out the bird museum Fuglasafn Sigurgeirs, which is near a place called Ytri-Neslönd. Then, head back to Akureyri again, return your rental car and catch a flight to the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, where you can spend a pleasant evening relaxing or partying.
If your flight is not very early in the morning, you may have time to enjoy the city or relax in the Blue Lagoon, in its water of 40 degrees.
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